Cobra Ironman 70.3
Cobra has been on my radar for a year now after racing with injury in 2014 left me very frustrated after posting a 5:29:26. Cobra was my 7th 70.3 of the year so far and was only 3 weeks removed from Vineman so was difficult to manage training and recovery to ensure that I was rested and conditioned at the same time. I spent 20 days in Bohol training with tribohol members and getting used to the heat and humidity that is tough to duplicate in the US.
I checking into the beautiful Shangi La on Friday and reconnected with friends. It’s amazing to me how nice and complimenting everyone is when I go to races. I can’t imagine my life without the friendships that I have made in 4 short years by being involved in this sport. It’s so fun to travel all over and meet so many new people that have so much in common.
Race day turned out to be great weather after many talking about rain leading up to the race and was looking forward to the swim start with the pros again this year. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given in the Philippines to race with some of the best in the world. My swim started great and was feeling really good up until about the halfway point when I was overtaken by this HUGE guy! He actually grabbed my shoulder and pushed me under the water as he was trying to pass me!! I tried to fight him off and hold my position put he would not let go of me so I stopped and let him go by. Just to be clear…. I did NOT say I like EVERYONE in this sport. I wish I knew who he was because I would love to say a few things to him. I probably passed him on the bike at some point I am sure. 🙂
The bike portion felt really good until about mile 26 when both of my knees began to tighten up. I don’t know if it was the wind, not enough salt and water or just body being tired with not enough rest in between races. But I backed way off for the second half of the bike as I was worried that I might not be able to run. My time suffered from it as I was 6 minutes off the pace that I had planned finishing at just over 2:36. I had a couple offers to draft a couple guys as they past me but declined as I am always worried to get a penalty, so I just continued on my own 19 minutes faster than my 2014 time. The last 5 mile I knew that I needed to get my mind prepared for what would prove to be a very punishing hot run.
My goal for 2015 was to finish at 4:55 and based on a 1:42 that my husband told me over and over that I could do I was exactly on pace to do that. I didn’t catch LC Langit on the bike like I had hoped so my first goal was to do my best to run her down before the halfway point. With so many awesome spectators cheering on all the athletes and many shout outs of my name kept me focused through the knee pain which finally went away at about mile 3 and was able to pass LC shortly after that. I want to thank Mandel for running with me for a portion of the race. Always helpful to have someone pushing the pace for me as running still isn’t my strong part of racing. I knew that catching Monica was most likely not in the cards my focus became pushing through to reach my goal and finish at the 2nd spot on the podium. The miles came much faster than they did with last year when I came in at 1:55 as I finished with a 1:40:24 and a overall time of 4:53:09. Very happy with my second place finish this year but still have a lot of work to do this off season to try and take the 1st podium spot in 2016.
Thanks again to Vitargo for the continued support with the best hydration and recovery fuel out there. Thanks to Omega Pro for the team affiliation for my Philippine races in 2015. Appreciate all you have done to help me this year!
On to Mount Mayon tomorrow!!! So excited for this race again.